Entries by Jean Hoefling

Getting Rid of Cain

  I’m happy to announce a republishing of Gold in Havilah: A Novel of Cain’s Wife through Westbow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson and Zondervan. The challenge of editing to Westbow’s specifications was a great learning experience; I’m glad I made the effort and am satisfied with the results. Click on any of the […]

Breathing a Vein

brary, London.  CC BY 4.0  There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.        —Ernest Hemingway Fast advice to new writers who bemoan the intensity of the discipline sometimes includes throwing around that Hemingway quote about the typewriter and the bleeding. It’s pithy and ironic […]

The Case for Cain

  “Cain smiled then, at no one in particular. There was something like cruelty in it. Cruel, yet beautiful.”             Cruel yet beautiful, that first murderer on the earth. Cain’s brutish fratricide and bitter defiance toward a God who only wanted restoration ring out like a cacophony of madness against the […]

Writing Gold

They say you should write the book you always wanted to read. That’s where the inspiration to write Gold In Havilah came from, for those early chapters of Genesis are a life-long fascination of mine. There’s nothing like that mysterious narrative about a paradise called Eden and the human beings who once lived both within […]

Darkness Rather Than Light

It has always seemed strange to me . . . the things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egoism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality […]

Becoming Two-Eyed

When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light. ~ St. Luke 11:34 In accurately rendered Orthodox icons of the Mystical Supper of Christ, both eyes of each of the human subjects present are viewable to the observer. Except one, for Judas the traitor is painted in full profile, a single eye […]

Beauty and Saving the World

This is an excerpt of the article originally published by Relief Journal, a Christian online publication. Click the link below for full article. Beauty will save the world. – Fyodor Dostoyevsky In the Orthodox Church, from Easter to the Ascension, an ethereal hymn is sung while the faithful partake of Eucharist. The brief lyrics implore […]